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Ray's Blog: December 2013

New Year Message

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE WHITEHOUSE, HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE

May this be a Year of Simplicity, Forgiveness and Gratitude. The opposite of these – the three demons of Debt, Complaint and Violence - have threatened the world in 2013.

Simplicity

Debt is often a misplaced response to greed or to low self...

Posted at 14:59pm on 29th December 2013

A Pot Of Gold For Christmas

This week I am woozy, but I have received new spectacles, a new water tank, newly syringed ears and a visa ready for my trip to Australia.

I sent all my Christmas greetings by email this year, except that I delivered real Christmas cards to island residents. This helps me...

Posted at 15:43pm on 21st December 2013

From Religious Wars To Monastic Peace?

Christmas Newsletters contain treasures. Abbot Stuart of Mucknell Abbey writes about Justin Welby: 'On the evening of his Enthronement the Archbishop said that amongst the greatest hindrances to the proclamation of God’s love were the historic divisions in the Church – divisions which had begun in particular historic circumstances...
Posted at 18:22pm on 14th December 2013

Advent Is Now

Our Holy Island Vicar gave an Advent Homily on the Parousia, sometimes known as the Second Coming of Christ. To prepare us to understand his unexpected point he explained that western churches, who inherited the Greek philosophers' mind-set of a split between spirit and matter, also split time into past...
Posted at 10:33am on 8th December 2013
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